Last Updated: Wed Nov 30, 2022 - 10:51PM
After 10 years as the head coach for Greensburg Salem football, Dave Keefer resigned this week. Keefer cited the desire to spend more time with his family for the decision.
“My kids, really, have not known me as anything other than a head football coach,” Keefer detailed.
“It was what my childhood dream has always been – to be a head football coach,” he added. “It’s a hard decision because I enjoy it.”
In addition to his time at the helm of the Golden Lions, Keefer served as an assistant at Greensburg Salem. His previous stints included assistant roles at Hempfield Area and Pittsburgh Central Catholic. A graduate of Mount Pleasant Area, Keefer continued his playing career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
While his days in charge on the Greensburg Salem sidelines are over, Keefer expects that he’ll return to football in the future.
“I love coaching, and I want to continue to do it at some point, somewhere, somehow,” he revealed.
This past season, he guided the Golden Lions to a record of 4-6, including 1-4 in the Class 3A Interstate Conference. Despite missing the postseason, the Golden Lions ended the campaign with a 42-28 victory at South Allegheny.
Greensburg Salem last qualified for the playoffs in 2019. The following year, the Golden Lions captured the 700th win in program history, courtesy of a 13-12 home win against Knoch.
While he concludes his tenure with a career mark of 35-62, the wins and losses are secondary to the relationships he had with his players.
“The number of people that reached out to me – it’s amazing,” Keefer said. “That’s my greatest accomplishment – the impact that I made on those guys, not just as football players, but as people.”
Wisniewski resigns as GS baseball coach
Greensburg Salem baseball coach Bill Wisniewski also resigned his position on Monday. Wisniewski oversaw the Golden Lions for nine seasons as head coach and nine as an assistant under the late Jim Stewart. Wisniewski said he wants to watch his son, Ty, play sports. He was also an assistant football coach on Keefer's staff but isn't sure if he will continue that role.